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melanie Dec 21, 1998 11:05 AM

Suggestions for good eating in Staten Island (not too
pricey). Thanks!

  1. krissywats Jul 6, 2006 05:05 PM

    We lived there for three years. My favs:

    Vida: On Van Duzer across from Muddy Cup coffee shop. Tell Sylva we miss her tremendously - we lived down the block. The food is like a nuevo mediterranean. She's fantastic and we adored her food, the decor, the wine, the desserts.....now I need to take a trip. Be sure and take cash. Her place is small and beautiful (10-15 small tables) and she doesn't take credit.

    Aesop's Tables: as mentioned, is a bit pricey but SOO good

    Los Lobos: authentic Mexican, fantastic food, take cash. Very cheap and tasty.

    East Pacific: OK, this place is at the mall. I know I know, but the food is really good. It's an upscale-ish asian with a sushi bar. The decor is actually quite nice and it's moderately priced.

    Es Ca: I miss this wonderful Italian place so much. We always had a great time and enjoyed our dinner immensely.

    I was not a fan of Denino's. Didn't impress me in the least. Really liked Luna or was it Mezza Luna? Can't remember but it was on Hylan.

    Unfortunately every other boro feels it has a right to be elitist about SI. We loved our time there. My husband used to say "telling a fellow New Yorker you live in Staten Island is like saying you have liver cancer - they are horrified".

    It's a lovely place - enjoy your stay!

    1 Reply
    1. re: krissywats
      annaesm Aug 7, 2006 03:00 PM

      Just to update this: Los Lobos has been closed for a long, long time. But, there's another fine taqueria just up Victory Blvd (at the corner of Monroe St.). It's called Taqueria El Gallo Azteca. A tiny hole-in-the-wall place, but very tasty.

    2. Covert Ops Jul 6, 2006 03:40 PM

      China New Star restaurant, Forest Ave. and Arnprior near the Expressway. Friendly service, awesome pan-fried noodles, some crazy sweet rice vinegar/ginger salad dressign I've never had anywhere else.

      1. d
        Dave Feldman Dec 21, 1998 12:40 PM

        Just looking at Jim's Eclectic Gourmet Guide, I see
        two recommendations.

        He's mentioned mentioned Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn
        many times as a fun beer-gardeny kind of place, with
        hearty food, a great beer selection, and live music.
        It's at 4524 Arthur Kill Rd. (984-1202)

        And Denino's at 524 Port Richmond Ave. for great pizza
        (no slices).

        I have never personally eaten a morsel of food in
        S.I., so I bow to the Alpha Hound's expertise.

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        1. re: Dave Feldman
          Mario Dec 21, 1998 08:54 PM

          Kilmeyers ( Arthur Kill rd & Sharrots Ave )is a great
          choice for german food. Been There done That and Loved
          it. Denino's ( Port Richmond Ave )is the best pizza
          joint on the isle, consistantly for years.
          Try also Toto ( Amboy Rd & Richmond Road )for sushi,
          best on the south shore, but you know sushi, it can get
          expensive if your hungry.
          Cafe luna ( Hylan Blvd ) is nice if you if you want to
          spend a little more, it more like true Italian food.

          1. re: Mario
            M. Rossini Feb 22, 1999 05:34 PM

            Aesop's Tables (Bay Street) is a little pricey (an average of about $40 per person with wine, appetizer,
            main course and dessert), but more than worth it. Hands-down my favorite restaurant on Staten Island.
            Beautiful space, garden dining in warm weather, and wonderful, wonderful food (they're especially good
            with fish). A similiar meal would be twice as much in Manhattan. Across from Denino's (which does have
            some fine pizza, I must agree) is an Italian ice/cream-ice/ice-cream stand by the name of Ralph's. In
            warm weather there is always a line of chattering families and teenagers. Great artisanal tasting treats
            that you can eat sloppily, while sitting on the hood of your car, and watching the neighborhood go by.
            Also, relatively newly opened is Gibb's (also on Bay Street, a stone's throw from the ferry) a BBQ joint/
            bar that has really good corn bread, fried okra, greens, burgers and of course, the requisite Q, along
            with a nice staff and great ambience. Saturday nights there's live bluegrass as well. There are good
            places to eat on Staten Island. It's just a matter of seeking them out.

            1. re: M. Rossini
              Christine Bridges Feb 23, 1999 07:05 PM

              The pizza at Nunzio's (on Hylan Blvd., around, is it
              Dongan Hills?) was always one of my favorites. Anyone
              know whether it's still good? Or still there?


              1. re: Christine Bridges
                jg Feb 23, 1999 08:51 PM

                the only problem with s i rest. is that its in si

                1. re: jg
                  Jessica Nepomuceno May 24, 1999 12:01 PM

                  On Feb. 23, 1999, Christine Bridges wrote: "the only
                  problem with s i rest. is that its in si." Aside from
                  the obvious semi-literacy displayed by this rather, uh,
                  inspired response, I can't help but find fault with
                  this statement.

                  So maybe I am biased because I'm a Staten Islander,
                  born and bred. But I'm also a chowhound who thinks
                  there are plenty of good places worth sniffing out in
                  ALL the boroughs. What's the matter, Christine,
                  adverse to a little relaxing 20 minute free ferry ride?
                  Staten Island can be beautiful (and some of its
                  restaurants are worth the trip). I'm thinking
                  particularly of Cafe Luna on Hylan Boulevard, Ralph's
                  Ices, and Aesop's Tables.

                  Stop being a snob, and open your mind to different
                  culinary horizons! If you still don't want to, that's
                  okay: that's more food for those of us in the know.

                  1. re: Jessica Nepomuceno
                    pat hammond May 24, 1999 12:33 PM

                    Jessica: I think that if you'll check again you'll
                    discover that Christine posted a nice Staten Island
                    message, while the one you (and I) object to is from
                    JG. No big surprise there! My last trip to NY took me
                    to Brooklyn, and the next one, I hope to take the ferry
                    to Staten Island. pat

                    1. re: pat hammond
                      Jessica Nepomuceno May 24, 1999 01:24 PM

                      Yikes...Pat was right. I did fire off a huffy letter
                      to Christine, when I really meant to fire off a huffy
                      letter to jg. So here I go again: I'm annoyed at jg
                      because he/she/it didn't offer ANY criticism of S.I.
                      restaurants (good or bad). And you can't tell me that
                      Island restaurants are bad because of their distance
                      from the city. Lemme tell you, buddy, it takes longer
                      to get to the Bronx from my part of South Slope,
                      Brooklyn than it does to get to S.I.! What's more,
                      there's plenty worth sniffing out there,

                      And oh yeah, I'm annoyed at myself for wrongfully
                      directing my prior comments to Christine. Mea
                      Culpa!--And thanks for setting me straight, Pat. I
                      hope you enjoy yourself on the ferry.

                      1. re: Jessica Nepomuceno
                        jg May 24, 1999 04:19 PM

                        for years people have been begging me to open a rest. like the one I have in si. I refuse , maybe it``s the shopping centers everywhere that reminds me of orlando, or the teased-up haired and air-brushed painted finger nailed women or the cafones that have relocated to si.but aside from my own personal quirks, I`ve eaten at luna`s basils and a place on hylan i think neopolitan something, all average

                        1. re: jg
                          Jessica Nepomuceno May 25, 1999 09:54 AM

                          Okay, JG is entitled to his own opinion. But I still
                          say there's stuff worth visiting on Staten Island. For
                          instance, there's something quite tranquil about
                          sitting on the footbridge in Silver Lake Park, eating
                          chow fun from Mai Ling's Kitchen nearby on Forest
                          Avenue. Or having an early morning cup of coffee and a
                          biscotti from Alfonso's on Victory Blvd. before I go
                          to work.

                          Hey...not to draw this thread out farther, but...last
                          time I checked, S.I. certainly does not have a monopoly
                          on the nails-n-hair ladies! The other boroughs can
                          definitely share that mantle proudly.

                          1. re: Jessica Nepomuceno
                            Jim Leff May 25, 1999 11:43 AM

                            "last time I checked, S.I. certainly does not have a monopoly on the nails-n-hair ladies! The other boroughs can definitely share that mantle proudly"

                            yeah, JG's one to tawk, living in Bay Ridge...

                            For what it's worth, I LOVE Staten Island. I've had a lot of fun chowhounding around there, and hope to do lots more.

                2. re: Christine Bridges
                  Jim Leff Feb 24, 1999 02:06 PM

                  still there, still good

                  1. re: Christine Bridges
                    angelo Sep 6, 1999 05:53 PM

                    Re: Nunzios
                    Yes Nunzio's is still here, and still good. It's
                    located at Hylan Blvd., and Midland Ave.

                    1. re: Christine Bridges
                      neilz Aug 6, 2006 09:07 PM

                      Still there and still good.

                3. re: Dave Feldman
                  Susan Ambrosino Jul 12, 1999 01:52 PM

                  If you would like a great dining experience try the
                  Tompkins Inn. 492 Tomkins Avenue.

                  They have a great variety on there menu and the dining
                  atmosphere is casual. They have recently opened up the
                  Garden Patio area. I have seen this area and it looks
                  great. I plan on enjoying my next dinner while relaxing
                  out on their patio.

                  The soft shell crab dishes are delicious and hopefully
                  Chef Jerry will have another Special advertised when I
                  am there.

                  1. re: Dave Feldman
                    Jeff Oct 1, 1999 02:17 PM

                    Elm Park Inn...Superb! most tender ribs on the east coast! Fantabulous Fried calamari, jam-packed after 6-6:30pm on weekends, no resvervations. Have tried almost everything on the menu, never disappointed! Their motto is "Dinner today, & lunch for tomorrow" Doggie bags pass you by all night. Even people that I told about this place that work for me have trekked repeatedly from as far away as east new york & Queens. One block past Wilson at 238 Morningstar road (Near the bayonne bridge)

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